It's been widely reported that the UK bee population is in decline. So, we try and plant as many pollinators in our garden as we possibly can. But, we're not looking to exclusively attract bees. Butterflies, moths, even wasps are vitally important.
We've found the best ways to attract bees to our garden is by:
Filling the garden with a variety of plants that attract bees and insects for as long as we can. So we start seeing pollinators come alive early spring in the form of crocus through to late-autumn asters like Michaelmas Daisies.
Regular watering to ensure the pollinating flowers bloom!
Avoiding pesticides where we can. If we get Lily Beetle, for example, we use the tried and tested method of diluted washing-up liquid.
We have a wildlife area at the very back of the garden. It's a great nesting site for bees - and wasps. Beware wasps don't always build their nests in buildings or trees. They love nothing more than a nest in the ground.
We have left the wildlife area to go 'au naturale'. Over the past couple of years we sown wildlife seeds to help attract wildlife so now there are poppies and cornflowers a plenty.
Planting an abundance of our favourite flowers that are naturally attractive to bees ....